FLACL News:The Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries (FLACL) is hosting a $5 Bag Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the lobby of Mesa Public Library at 2400 Central Ave. The funds raised through the Bag Sale and the Friends Bookstore directly benefit Los Alamos County libraries in many ways.The Youth Services Department, which creates and presents programs for ages 0-18 and intergenerational programming, is an annual beneficiary of Friends funding. In recent months, youth staff have added more Lego kits for building programs, materials to create ribbon bracelets for music programs, and more board games for both special programs and daily use within the library.“The money we get from the Friends enables us to get new and popular table top games, snacks for some programs, and some really wonderful toys for our regular community playdates,” Youth Services Director Melissa Mackey said. “And of course the Friends funded the step prizes for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program.”This past summer, library youth services staff and volunteers planned and participated in a program titled “A Universe of Possibilities”, which was the Consolidated Summer Reading Program that many libraries across the country participate in. The libraries hosted 122 events that included May the Fourth Be with You, a performance by Clan Tynker Performers, Robotics Fun, Stuffie Sleepovers, Family Campouts in the library, and a Moon Landing Party to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon.More than 5,900 individuals of all ages participated in the 122 events held between May and September. Gaming+, a summer program at MPL in which middle and high school patrons play video games, board games, and make art was successful enough that library staff is continuing the program through the school year, 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays in The Zone.The Friends also fund the junior, minion and teen volunteer programs, providing the money for treats, thank you gifts and t-shirts for participating youth.To learn more about activities for youth that take place in White Rock and Los Alamos, visit www.losalamosnm.us/government/departments/community_services/library or Facebook page Los Alamos County Community Services Department to see what is happening at the library. Call the Youth Services desk at Mesa Public Library at 505.662.8258 with questions about any youth program at either library.All these events plus so many others would not have been possible without the funding from Friends of LAC Libraries. Donations to the Friends, monetarily or with books or make purchases at the Friends Bookstore or the biannual Bag Sale, help young people engage socially and learn more about the world around them. Donations help families play, learn and read together. To learn more about FLACL, visit www.friends-lac-libraries.org or Facebook page Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. FLACL is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1978.
Daily Postcard: During a recent hike in the Jemez, five dirty-faced baby golden-mantled ground squirrels are spotted cautiously emerging from their burrow for a look around. Photo by Marc Bailey
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GAC Shipping & Logistics, with its head office in Moscow, has been established to consolidate the company’s existing facilities in Novorossiysk and St Petersburg and will add a third branch office at the new port of Taman on the Black Sea where the company will specialise in providing shipping services at liquid and dry bulk terminals.Arkady Podkopaev, general manager of GAC Shipping & Logistics, says: “By restructuring, GAC is able to focus on its core services and customers and makes us better positioned and equipped to explore new markets such as marine services for the fast growing offshore industry in Russian territorial waters.”GAC’s project logistics business in Russia has been growing steadily over the last two years and handles heavy and out-of-size cargoes going through the ports of Novorossiysk, St Petersburg as well as other major transport nodal points in Russia and FSU countries.One of the most prominent examples of the project cargo moved by GAC is the 280 tonne gas deflector which was manufactured in Russia and shipped out of St Petersburg to Long Beach, USA, for the floating space rocket launch pad Sea Launch.
The vessel, christened Lurline at the General Dynamics NASSCO Shipyard in San Diego during 2019, is the first of two sisterships being built at the yard for Matson. After departing Oakland the ship will arrive in Honolulu on January 15.The 3,500 teu vessel measures 265 m long, 34.7 m wide, and has a draught of 11.6 m. The Kanaloa-class vessels will have an enclosed garage with room for approximately 500 vehicles, plus ample space for rolling stock and breakbulk cargo.Lurline is now Matson’s largest ship and, according to Matson, is the largest con-ro vessel ever constructed in the USA.www.matson.com
Share InternationalNewsPrintSports Prince Ali launches a second FIFA presidency bid by: Associated Free Press – September 9, 2015 Share Prince Ali (Photo: AFP)AMMAN, Jordan (AFP) — Jordan’s Prince Ali bin Al Hussein on Wednesday launched his bid to succeed FIFA president Sepp Blatter, saying he is the only candidate with the “guts” to confront corruption in football’s governing body.“I stand here in this ancient place in the timeless heart of Amman to once again launch my candidacy for the presidency of FIFA,” he told a gathering within the ruins of the Jordanian capital’s Roman amphitheatre.Prince Ali, 39, is a former FIFA vice president who led an unsuccessful challenge as a reform candidate against Blatter for the top job in May, just two days after the arrest of seven FIFA officials in Zurich.He got 73 votes to 133 for Blatter in the first round of the election before withdrawing, only for Blatter to announce on June 2 that he would stand down in 2016.“Let me be clear. I want to finish what we started,” he said in a speech on Wednesday before his supporters, among them Jordanian Prime Minister Abdullah Nsur.“Ten months ago, I was the only person who dared to challenge Mr Blatter for the presidency of FIFA.“I ran because I believe that FIFA needs change. And I had the courage to fight for change when others were afraid.”Prince Ali, a half-brother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, who was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States, said he conceded in a run-off against Blatter in May because “others were using me to make room for themselves”.“They didn’t have the guts to run, but I did.“Ever since president Blatter promised his resignation just a few days later, they have been scrambling to secure the job for themselves.”He added: “It is only through new leadership that FIFA can change. I do not believe that FIFA can give this sport back to the people of the world, without new leadership, untainted by the practices of the past.“Since the last election, I have thought long and hard about how to reform FIFA. It will be a difficult task. We must overcome deep-seated corruption and political deal-making.”FIFA has been embroiled in a major corruption scandal since the arrest of the seven officials on May 27.Its longstanding leader Blatter said he will give up when the special election for his successor is held on February 26 next year.“My friends, I didn’t stand for election the first time to make way for others,” Prince Ali said on Wednesday.“This election should be about football and not personal ambition. We have come too far to walk away now.”So far the other leading candidates to come forward are UEFA chief Michel Platini, South Korean tycoon Chung Mong-Joon and Brazilian legend Zico.In addition, lesser-known names have come forward in Liberian federation chief Musa Bility, former Trinidad and Tobago captain David Nakhid and ex-Nigeria skipper Segun Odegbami.Former France star Platini is seen as the favourite to win the election but the prince has heavily criticised the UEFA chief because of his links to Blatter — Platini helped Blatter become FIFA president for the first time back in 1998.He has also said that Chung has been involved in FIFA for “too long”.Like Platini, Prince Ali has called for Michael Garcia’s report into the controversial bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, awarded to Russia and Qatar, to be made public.But while in May he had the backing of Platini, and thus of Europe, that will not be the case this time.And he is also handicapped by the fact that the Asian Football Confederation, with 46 votes out of a total of 209, has opted to back Platini as well.Prince Ali said that, if he does win, he would encourage national associations not to be reliant “on a drip feeding system of support from Zurich”.He also said he wanted to see every member association have a dedicated national stadium “within four years” and that he would “dramatically increase development programs to provide artificial pitches and practice fields across the globe and expedite them at a much faster rate.”October 26 is the deadline for candidates to declare, and all must get five of FIFA’s national associations to sign their candidacy to get into the election. Tweet Sharing is caring! 34 Views no discussions Share
Share NewsPoliticsRegional Incoming Caricom chairman outlines vision by: Caribbean Media Corporation – January 2, 2016 Sharing is caring! Tweet 291 Views no discussions Share Share BARROW… looks forward to increasing the pace both of the reform process and the implementation of the Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Incoming chairman of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow, has promised to improve the quest of the regional organisation to improve the standard of living and to provide a “safe, viable and prosperous Caribbean Community”.Barrow, who assumed chairmanship on January 1, taking over from Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart of Barbados, said the grouping will commit to building on past successes and to become more efficient in the face of the “sternest economic test that member states have had to face in recent memory.”In his message to start the new year, Barrow said he looks forward to increasing the pace both of the reform process and the implementation of the Community Strategic Plan 2015-2019.“The plan, which is designed to build Caricom’s economic, environmental, social and technological resilience, has the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) as an important vehicle in that drive for greater resilience,” he said.Barrow also said governance arrangements in the region will be more flexible and dynamic.“We will be continuing efforts in the coming year to revise those arrangements for our integration movement to become more effective and relevant to the needs of our people.”Concerning the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), he has resolved to encourage more member states to join Belize, Barbados, Dominica, and Guyana in making the Caribbean Court of Justice their final court.“In my view, another relevant factor in the lives of our people is the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The creation of our own jurisprudence will help define us as a people, and the excellent, well-reasoned judgements which have been the hallmark of the CCJ are ample proof of the intellectual quality of the legal minds of this Community. During my stewardship of the Community, I look forward to more member states joining the four of us in the Appellate Jurisdiction of the CCJ.”He emphasised the strength in unity in achieving Caricom’s plans, exemplifying the manner in which it rallied to attain the objectives of the three major international conferences in the past year, most recently at COP21 in Paris.“The binding decisions taken on Financing for Development, the 2030 Development Goals and Climate Change have great potential to boost our growth and development and bolster our resilience. It is therefore in our interest to use our coordinated foreign policy to advocate at every opportunity for urgent implementation of those decisions. In so doing we will be seeking the support of our International Development Partners as well as other Small Island and Low-lying Coastal Developing States,” the incoming chairman stated.
144 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews Educators Embark on Professional Development Training by: – July 8, 2019 Minister for Education and Human Resource Development Petter Saint JeanThe Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development began a two-week teacher professional development training with the Canadian Teachers Federation for all primary school-level principals and teachers on Monday.The training is intended to serve as a form of refreshment for the educators.Addressing the summit’s opening ceremony this morning, Hon Saint Jean expressed that the Ministry’s support for in-service training to teachers serves as a great example of it’s training opportunities record.“Professional development keeps students up to date for new research on how children learn, emerging technology tools through out the class rooms, new curriculum resources and much more. Educational technology and curriculum standards are constantly changing, making it challenging for teachers to keep up with the trends and the best practices for the field. Professional development transforms teachers into better educators, by enabling them to create relevant lessons for the 21st century student, ” he said.A total of one hundred class room teachers are expected to be trained for the next two weeks under areas identified as ‘weaknesses within the classroom’.“All these will be done under the program supported by the global partnership for education. One hundred teachers and three hundred pastoral care coordinators and school counselors will also receive training,” Hon Saint Jean confirmed.The Summit sis being held at the Goodwill Parish Hall. Tweet Share Share Share
Cree has released two new gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) ideal for use in 1.2–1.4 GHz L-Band radar amplifier systems: the 250W CGHV14250 and the 500W CGHV14500. These GaN Transistors have a high L-Band efficiency performance at 85°C, high power gain performance, and wide bandwidth capabilities. The new transistors are designed to enhance the performance of band-specific applications ranging from UHF to 1800MHz, including: tactical air navigation systems (TACAN), identification: friend or foe (IFF) systems, and other military telemetry systems. Based on Cree’s 50V 0.4µ GaN on SiC foundry process, Cree’s new GaN HEMTs for L-Band radar systems provide engineers with excellent power and small signal performance, are internally pre-matched on the input, and are available in ceramic/metal flange and pill packages that are much smaller than competing gallium arsenide (GaA) or silicon (Si) RF technology, enabling enhanced design flexibility. The 250W CGHV14250 features 330W typical output power, 18dB power gain, and 77% typical drain efficiency. The 500W CGHV14500 features 500W typical output power, 17dB power gain, and 70% typical drain efficiency. Both the 250W and 500W GaN HEMTs feature 0.3dB pulsed amplitude droop.